Gerard Butler is back on duty as Mike Banning in the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen.
When we first heard of a follow-up to the surprise box office smash, we instantly (and wrongly) assumed an Olympus Has Fallen Again was on the cards. Thankfully the action is relocated to England for the shrewdly titled London Has Fallen.
2013 saw the release of two White House themed riffs of Die Hard, everybody expected Roland Emmerich’s White House Down to emerge the victor. While it is true that Emmerich’s movie took more money worldwide ($205 million), the budget was so immense that it swallowed up all the profits and lost the studio a princely sum. Olympus Has Fallen cost half the amount to make, which made its box office haul of $161 million more than enough to get a sequel into development.
Reuniting with Butler are Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman and Angela Basset each reprising their respective roles. London Has Fallen is due out in cinemas early 2016.
The sequel to the worldwide smash hit Olympus Has Fallen begins in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the western world. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate every known landmark in the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. Only three people have any hope of stopping it: the President of the United States, his formidable secret service head (Gerard Butler), and an English MI-6 agent who rightly trusts no one.